Coaching Staff

Robert McCullum
Head Coach

Robert McCullum was named the head men’s basketball coach at Florida A&M University in May 2017.

McCullum, a Birmingham, Alabama native, has led the Rattlers to a winning conference record in 2018, the Rattlers first winning first winning record in MEAC play since the 2006-2007 season.

McCullum got his start in coaching in the high school ranks before taking his first collegiate coaching job at South Alabama in 1983.

After a one-year stint with the Jaguars, McCullum moved on to Samford for the 1984 season, before returning to South Alabama, where he stayed as an assistant until 1987.

He then joined the staff at Southern Illinois from 1988-1989, before becoming an assistant coach under Lon Kruger at Kansas State in 1990. McCullum followed Kruger to the University of Florida where he was an assistant from 1991-1996, and once more worked under Kruger at Illinois from 1996-2000.

In 2000, McCullum was named the head coach at Western Michigan where he remained for three seasons. In 2003, he led the Broncos to a 20-win season and an NIT berth.

McCullum was hired as the head men's basketball coach at the University of South Florida on April 18, 2003. He spent four seasons with Bulls.

After South Florida, McCullum coached the Nigerian Men’s National Basketball Team, where he led the team to a 4-1 record at the 2007 All-Africa Games. McCullum joined the staff at San Francisco for one season in 2007, before moving on to be an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida in 2009.

In 2010, McCullum became an assistant coach for the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team and then he became an assistant for the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2011. In addition, McCullum also was an assistant coach at the University of Oregon from 2014-2017.

McCullum earned a bachelor's degree at Birmingham Southern College in 1976 and a master's degree from Alabama State in 1980. He played two seasons at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Fla., where he was the team captain as a sophomore and earned his associate's degree in 1974.

McCullum and his wife Cheryl have two children, Richelle and Rashid.


Willie Powers III
Assistant Coach

Willie Powers III was named the assistant men’s basketball coach at Florida A&M University in July 2019.

Powers, a native of Gainesville, came to FAMU after serving as the director of player development for his alma mater, Georgia Southern University (GSU) from 2017-2019. Prior to GSU, Powers coached within the AAU ranks, serving as as an assistant coach for the Florida Elite 16-U in 2015 and the Gainesville Basketball Club 15-U in 2016. Powers was also the head coach of Thunderstruck 16-U AAU team in 2017. He also served as an assistant coach at P.K. Yonge DRS school (Gainesville) from 2015-2017.

Powers, a former standout basketball players at GSU, was a Southern Conference All-Freshmen team selection and two-time All-Southern Conference selection for the Eagles. He finished his career with 1,321 points, 460 assists, 359 rebounds and 122 steals. He finished ranked 17th in scoring and fourth in assists on the school’s all-time list in the Division I era.

Following his collegiate playing career, Powers played professionally for BC Prievidza in Slovakia.

Powers earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from GSU in 2012. Powers and his wife, Lenedra, have one child, Taylor.


Jarrett Stephens
Assistant Coach

Jarrett M. Stephens was named the assistant men’s basketball coach at Florida A&M University in August 2017.

Stephens, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, came to FAMU after coaching at the IMG Academy where he was the associate head coach of the Varsity National Team (2014-2017). In his final season at IMG Academy, he helped lead them to a record of 28-2 and participated in the Dick’s National Championship.

Prior to IMG, Stephens had various coaching roles including working as the assistant men's basketball coach at Indian River State College (2012-2014), the associate head coach at his alma mater LeMoyne-Owen College (2009-2010), and as an assistant coach men's basketball coach at Clark Atlanta University (2008-2009).

Stephens also worked USA Basketball in 2005 as a youth development basketball coach. Throughout his career, he has trained 30+ NBA players and 40+ professional international players. These players include Jalen Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire, Rodney Hood, Thaddeus Young, Moe Harkless, Cameron Payne, Skal Labissiere, and Jonathan Isaac.

Stephens received a bachelor’s degree in political science and government at LeMoyne-Owen College in 2000. He was also a member of the men's basketball team. Stephens has two children, Jarrett and Camryn and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


Issac Brown
Director of Basketball Operations

Issac Brown became the director of basketball operations for the men's basketball program at Florida A&M University in August 2019.

Brown, a native of South Miami, began his career as the video coordinator for Coastal Carolina University basketball from 2012-2017. He then returned to the state of Florida, where he served as an assistant basketball coach at South Miami High School in 2017 and Cathedral Christian Academy in 2018.

Brown was a four-year letterman for the FAMU men’s basketball team, where he was named to the All-MEAC Academic team in 2011 and 2012.

Brown graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communication in 2012 and obtained his  master’s of education in instructional technology from Coastal Carolina University in 2015.